non-GM, non-soy, non-corn laying mix

The layers who are getting our five-grain mix — barley, wheat, oats, black oil sunflower seeds and millet — are laying about seventeen eggs a day, from nineteen hens including the dark leghorn with spurs who crows like a rooster but still lays — the only white egger in the bunch.

8 thoughts on “non-GM, non-soy, non-corn laying mix

  1. Could you share your mix? What %’s of each and the pros and cons you have found with it? I am interested in growing feed for my chicken’s. Thank you in advance and love your posts! Thanks for all the info! V/r, Scott

  2. oats, barley, wheat, millet, b.o.s.s.: 2/1.5/1/.5/1, but these are variable depending on season and what I have more of. The proportion of oats is large because I am using “light” oats (whole, with lots of hulls); if I were using rolled or crimped, I would use half as much. There’s a man in MO who says he feeds straight wheat, because he can get it cheap and local, and that while his laying rate goes down a little, his feed costs go down a great deal. Last winter we got a poor rate of lay, none at all in the coldest weeks, but I think that was because we were wintering some in the wire-floored tractor (fooled by the warmer Dec/Jan, we left them up there to deal with the cow-pies) and some in the hen house, but with the windows open (I’d been reading a poultry book that extolled the health value of open hen houses, even in winter). The author lives in VA, though, and doesn’t need as many eggs as we do. I just think it was too danged cold for the birds, because ten of them were in a low tunnel in the garden, cleaning up a bed for me, and they laid all through, even without artificial light. Also, next winter I’ll probably double the b.o.s.s. and wheat in the mix, for more energy and protein.
    I don’t know if this is a crap shoot, or just roulette.

    1. with. The chickens and other poultry love them, and so do all the ruminants. I should say that half the hens get theirs soaked and/or sprouted, half dry (it’s inconvenient taking soaked grain to the hens at the upper farm). We actually get more eggs per hen at the upper farm, but I’m convinced the home hens are outlaying, the stinkers, since they have all the outbuildings, not to mention all the undergrowth in the woods’ edge, for stealing nests. The hens at the monastery are in a coupe (moving hen house) and don’t outlay much at all.
      I have used this mix for chicks, ground, with greens, meat and raw milk for supplementation, but can’t say whether it’s a good one or not. too many variables. Next time I’m using it for chick starter, though, I’ll use shelled b.o.s.s.at first, because between those hulls and the oat hulls the ground mix may have an excess of roughage — sort of like if the babies ate their sawdust bedding, if you see what I mean.
      Pax!

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